The goal is to get horse and carriage on the same load [Milton’s Show Schedule, Driving]. We have two options.
Horse in Bumper-Pull, Carriage in Truck Bed
We buy a cheap – relatively – bumper pull, leaving the bed of the truck free for the carriage.
Less Ease of Use. This would mean going back to a bumper-pull, something we said we wouldn’t do after buying a gooseneck.
Less Convenience. Coach Kate says everyone goes through this phase. It sounds great in theory. Then you find out that you have to hitch/unhitch every time you access the carriage. Plus, you have to unhitch and unload immediately if, say, your wife uses the truck as her day-to-day vehicle.
Horse and Carriage in Long Trailer
Purpose-built for driving, either new or used.
Convenience. Load & go.
Horse Welfare. Horses have better, i.e. more stable, ride on a gooseneck. Far away venues equals long rides for the horses.
Carriage Welfare. Protected from rain and bug splatter.
Size. Great for driving. Too much trailer for a single riding horse going to a lesson.
We are still mulling.
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